Original Release Date: October 5, 2018
Box Office Earnings: Made over $850 million at the box office, making it the sixth highest grossing film of 2018.
Critical Reception: Regardless of its immense popularity and successful box office run, Venom received a critically poor reception, getting just a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average of 35% from Metacritic. The film was criticized for its irregular tone and weak plot, which were accurate judgments, but it wasn’t meant to be taken so seriously.
About the Role: Investigative journalist, Eddie Brock is taken over by a Flubber monster from outer space that likes to eat long pig. That pretty much sums it up.
Eddie may look like a beef cake, but he’s got the personality of Eric Foreman from That 70’s Show, which is ironic because Topher Grace played Venom in Spider-Man 3. Looking like a sweaty escaped mental patient, Hardy single-handedly sells this movie by acting as ridiculously nutty as humanly possible in order to portray the host of an alien symbiote.
Simply the Best: The setup of this movie confused a lot of people. Is it a part of the Sony/Marvel Spider-verse? Is it a stand-alone movie? Is it the start of a villain/anti-hero cinematic universe? They spent more time asking these questions than watching the movie.
Venom centers around blacklisted journalist Eddie Brock who lost everything after trying to expose a bio-engineering corporation that does a bunch of secret experiments everyone else ignores. The corporation is run by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a generic comic book villain with a generic evil plot to destroy the world just to save it (why is this every villain’s plan??). To do this, he plans on using alien symbiotes in need of oxygen-breathing hosts and merge them with humans. Yeah, sounds easy enough.
Not everyone can be a symbiote host, they must be a genetic match. Enter Eddie, the perfect host for Venom, his soul mate (kidding but not kidding). When the two organisms combine, they embark on a romance like none other and it’s up to these two pals, and Eddie’s ex-fiancé Anne (Michelle Williams) to stop Drake and his own symbiote bro, Riot, from destroying the world. Don’t think too hard about it.